Looking for wing depth
Hachimura fits this bill, but the Lakers — in need two-way wings with good size who can take some defensive burden off LeBron James against elite scorers (and most preferably who can also shoot) — reportedly want more. With Nunn shipped off to Washington, Patrick Beverley is the Lakers player now most likely to be sent out in another potential deal, the Athletic reports:
With [Anthony] Davis set to return soon, the Lakers are further evaluating the roster and rotation and still determining if they want to make a minor or major upgrade with their tradeable draft assets. At this point, their most likely move would be trading Beverley and a lottery-protected first-round pick for another wing or frontcourt upgrade. But the Lakers are willing to consider adding more assets to get a better player, depending on Davis’ recovery and the state of the market as the deadline nears.
In other words, the Lakers are still trying to curb their short-term ambition unless the market opens an opportunity to make another move for a price that won’t compromise those two first-round picks (2027 and 2029).
To that point, who might fit the wing shooter bill?
Bogdanovic has consistently been a name connected with Lakers, and they have the goods to make a deal with Detroit with one of those two first-round picks to which they are tightly clinging. But according to The Athletic, the Lakers would want to lottery-protect the outgoing pick to make sure it stays in house if the Lakers go in the tank in a few years.
Detroit’s Bojan Bogdanovic continues…